Rodrigo de Albornoz

Brief Biography: 

In 1522, King Carlos appointed one of his secretaries Rodrigo de Albornoz as contador real/royal accountant and auditor of the real hacienda de México/royal treasury. This was part of the process of taking royal control of Nueva España from Hernando Cortés. He was twice co-governor of Nueva España with Alonso de Estrada. Albornoz was a native of Paradinas, Salamanca, Spain. Albornoz held many Native communities in encomienda. He was married to doña Catalina de Loaysa. His teniente de contador was Cristóbal de Oñate. In 1525, Albornoz denounced Cortés for enslaving and killing many Native people. And in a 1539 letter to the king, Albornoz wrote a brief summary of what Marcos de Niza had reported about Cíbola.

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1540-1550:

AGI, Patronato, 57, N.1, R.2 [1592, son Francisco de Albornoz Marmolejo, 36 year old native of Mexico, mother doña Isabel de Albornoz married Francisco Marmolejo; grandfather-contador, Rodrigo de Albornoz; 1544: Probanza of Rodrigo Albornoz, contador, married doña Catalina de Loaysa; Question 9: agora ultimamente los que vinieron perdidos de la Florida e Tierra Nueva dan dobles de vestir y lo necesario [image 50]; 1544 probanza: witness: Cristobal de Oñate, 35 years old; García Rodríguez, age of 23 and criado of Albornoz, knows that Rodrigo gave the survivors something to wear and other necessary things, but doesn't indicate that he himself went]

Surname: 
Albornoz